University of Bristol

Arts and Humanities

MA English Literature


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA English Literature

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MA in English Literature allows you to deepen your passion for literature while developing the rigorous specialist skills essential to postgraduate-level research. With the help and support of one of the leading English departments in the country, we aim to provide a stimulating and challenging intellectual experience in a friendly, supportive environment.

The programmes offers three pathways (Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature; Romantic and Victorian Literature; 20th-century and Contemporary Literature) which build on the core research strengths of the department. If you wish to focus on a particular period you may follow a single pathway. Alternatively, if you want to broaden your engagement with English literature, you may choose a combination of pathways and optional units. All students are taught the specialist skills required for postgraduate-level research and the practical skills that academic life demands. Everyone is expected to enter fully into the wider academic community of the department and the University.

Programme structure

First semester

  • Introduction to Literary Research
  • One pathway unit

Second semester

  • Two pathway units or one academic conference unit
  • Optional unit or third pathway unit or academic conference unit


Following successful completion of the taught course, you must complete a dissertation of 15,000 words maximum.

Pathway units

  • Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
    • Renaissance Literature: Text and Context
    • Hamlet: Text and Interpretation
    • Intertextual Shakespeare
  • Romantic and Victorian Literature
    • Romantic Poetry and Poetics
    • The Gothic or From Romantic to Victorian Literature
    • Victorian Literature and Place
  • 20th-century and Contemporary Literature
    • Modernism, Experimentation and Form
    • Literature 1940-1970: Writing After War, After Modernism
    • Contemporary Literature

Optional units can vary each year but may include:

  • Aesthetic Possibilities
  • Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages
  • Charles Dickens
  • Global Cultures of the Book
  • The Cultural Imagination of Gender
  • The Rise of the Novel in 19th-century Europe
  • U.S. Postmodernist Fiction
  • European cinema
  • Half-day academic conference
  • Introduction to Old English
  • James Joyce
  • Literature and Medicine
  • Modernism and the Body
  • Place in Victorian and Recent Fiction
  • Post-Colonial Imaginings
  • Public Role of the Humanities
  • Shakespearean Tragedy: Textual and Literary Criticism
  • Tradition and Experimentation in 20th-century European Fiction
  • Victorian Afterlives
  • Writing for Art
  • Animal Planet: Humans and other Animals in Modernity

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 7.5 overall, minimum 7.0 in any band or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,500 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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